The flu season is not yet over. According to the weekly flu report released Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, influenza continues to be widespread in all states except Hawaii. The incidence of flu will likely last for many more weeks.
Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. Flu can cause mild to severe illness, If you think you or your child has the flu or if you are at a high risk for complications from flu, seek care early. Children who are particularly vulnerable to complications includes those younger than 5, but especially less than age 2, and those with neurologic or developmental disorders. Please encourage frequent hand washing and sneezing into a tissue or sleeve (not your hand) to help contain the spread of germs. Stay home if you start to experience symptoms. Finally, If you are able and would like to get a flu shot, it’s not too late.
This current flu season is the first time in 15 years 49 US states reported widespread flu activity during the same week, according to the CDC. In the past, different parts of the country reported flu viruses at different times, but we are seeing lots of flu all at the same time this season. Though the flu season will last awhile longer, some signs exist that flu activity may have peaked in some parts of the country. California and other states on the West Coast report activity is beginning to go down.